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Congressman Goes to Bat for Medical Devices Industry, Reaps the Rewards

The New York Times reports today on a relatively obscure member of Congress, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), who pushed the House Oversite Committee to rein in the approval process for new medical devices. Why was he so adamant about streamlining this process? His campaign bank account might just have the answer.

Darrell Issa Should Look in the Mirror

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will hold a hearing today as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to “explore the challenges of separating politics from policy under the Hatch Act,” according to Politico. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from participating in partisan political activity.

New Meaning to "Political Football" in Arizona

For years the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona has rewarded student athletes for their accomplishments on the football field. But now, an internal investigative report of the Fiesta Bowl’s activities has uncovered various violations of campaign finance and tax law, inlcuded among them, "rewards" for local politicians.

New York State Legislature Rocked By Yet Another Corruption Scandal

The New York Times reports today on yet another corruption scandal in the New York state legislature. Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger (D), along with state Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. (D), and Richard Lipsky, an influential lobbyist, are expected to turn themsleves in on corruption charges today.

Blagojevich arrested

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) was arrested on federal charges today. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald calls the charges of pay-to-play politics "staggering."

There are lots of things in this indictment. He allegedly try to sell a Senate seat and also kept a favored list of contractors he'd dole out money to if they gave money to him.

Friends in High Places

Here's a little piece of pay-to-play to take you into the weekend - more from the annals of Jack Abramoff, this time an email from an associate at his lobbying firm hitting up coworkers for donations to a very friendly Senator, Thad Cochran (R-MS) to stay in his good graces. TPMmuckraker has the email and the background - it doesn't get a whole lot more clear cut that this. Money goes in, favors go out.